The Webber method is dead
Most employees at Gray Sloan Memorial have decisions to make. Lines have been drawn and the choice to step over or stay put is looming. It seems everyone has to answer the question, “Are you in or out?”
Take Schmitt (Jake Borelli), for example. Someone he admires died on his table from a mistake that could have been avoided. He now stands before a group of peers and professionals, explaining his actions in a journal of morbidity and mortality. It’s a safe place for residents to identify areas for improvement while promoting transparency about what went wrong in the OR. Unfortunately, the exercise is not positive for Schmitt.
He escapes the room as it slowly fades into minor chaos. It seems the infamous Webber method is the shiny new line that has surgeons and residents alike. Although the teaching tool has proven to be a power-lifter for beginners, seasoned staffers have no choice but to point out its negative consequences. Richard (James Pickens Jr) is stunned when Maggie (Kelly McCreary) pushes to remove the teaching aid and is hurt when Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) doesn’t even show up for the exam.
If you’re wondering if Meredith left for Minnesota to enjoy some romantic pursuits with her boyfriend, you’re wrong. It’s Meredith Grey, for God’s sake. Of course, she performs exotic surgeries that make everyone else in white coats jealous. However, Nick (Scott Speedman) is only a phone call away. Given that Miranda (Chandra Wilson) is suffering from understaffing, thanks to a trauma surgeon in a hospital bed, a missing resident in need of help, and a pediatric surgeon who just randomly quit, it’s although Mere has Nick on speed dial.
In a nutshell: Gray Sloan is on the wrestling bus. Schmitt crossed the line to the dark side. He breaks up with Nico and swears never to go back to medicine. Instead, he will forever live in his mother’s basement, playing Fortnite. Taking inspiration from Helm (Jaicy Elliott), Bailey uses his words and speaks to Richard, gently informing him that she has decided to put the Webber Method on hold indefinitely. Line crossed. Selected side.
And then there’s Hayes (Richard Flood). Guys, I really think he’s going back to Ireland, where his people will easily understand his heavy accent. Is this the last time we will see McIrish? Hayes says a heartfelt goodbye to Meredith, thanking her for helping him see that there is life beyond losing his one true love. And he completely ignores Teddy’s (Kim Raver) plea for what major secret Owen shared moments before he thought he was going to die. Instead, he praises her husband for agreeing to risk his own life for Hayes.
Hayes’ door to Seattle time may be closed, but Teddy feels a line is about to be crossed. She has known Owen (Kevin McKidd) for twenty years. No matter how many times Megan (Abigail Spencer) reminds him that Owen is a selfless good guy who has real intentions of hiding something from him, Teddy isn’t playing. Especially when she sees Owen giving Noah’s wife his keys to retrieve something from her truck. Teddy wastes no time asking “What’s in the bag”, when Heather jumps out of the passenger seat. Line crossed.
Of course, Link (Chris Carmack) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) have already crossed a line and are now dealing with the repercussions of their decision to have sex. When Jo and Carina (Stefania Spampinato) are called in for a GYN consultation with Amelia (Caterina Scorsone), Jo’s voice goes up an octave, and it’s all a little too enthusiastic. Amelia calls Jo, assuming her awkward behavior has to do with Link “filling in Jo” on all the details of their fight. Jo is not reluctant to Amelia’s hypothesis. Instead, she asks Carina if casual sex with a friend is a bad idea. After a short list of reasons why it might be a good idea, Carina finally orders Jo to stop doing it if she likes it. Friendship will never survive.
It doesn’t matter if Link gets kicked out of town for assuming things based on someone’s BMI. He quickly told a patient that she might feel better if she lost some weight. Immediately after this suggestion, Perez (Zaiver Sinnett) correctly diagnoses the woman with a foot injury, which has nothing to do with her BMI. Bailey explains why we still have BMI calculations on medical records. The public is treated to a mini TedTalk about insurance companies and the astronomical premiums for people with a high BMI. The more you know.
Link needs a drink after his day in the OR. And he might just be lucky if Jo is in the mood to let off steam if you know what I mean. (Hint: sex.) Whether or not luck has it, Jo summons up the courage to tell Link that they can’t have sex from now on. Ironically, Link takes it well. Joe no. I feel like we’ll be treading that line for many episodes to come.
This brings us to the last line. Will Nick suck and move to Seattle already? Yes, he lives in Minnesota and is a famous surgeon there, but the “Grey” of Grey’s Anatomy has family here and a mentor she loves, and a hospital named after her. Both admit that they do not want to leave each other. I see no reason why my boy Scott Speedman can’t dive and be a regular.
Do it for Bailey, Nick. Do it for show. But most importantly, do it for me and the many hours I’ve spent watching Congratulations more than one time. I missed you.
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